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Magnitude of acceleration

  1. Aug 30, 2013 #1
    My prof. made me question what magnitude of acceleration is.. Is it acceleration without direction, i.e -6 m/s/s becomes 6 m/s/s or is it ΔV(speed)/Δt (Sorta like magnitude of acceleration is to acceleration what speed is to velocity)?
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  3. Aug 30, 2013 #2
    The magnitude of acceleration is just how much the object is accelerating regardless of the direction. So if the example is -6 [itex]\frac{m}{s^{2}}[/itex] then you're looking for how much is it accelerating in general which would be 6 [itex]\frac{m}{s^{2}}[/itex] like you said.
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